I thought I would share this in case any one who shops at Michael's but is not on there email list. A notice about a Michael's store that had pin numbers stolen. Almost a year ago I was victim of someone stealing my card number( I believe at garden ridge) so I feel this is important to pass on. I was lucky I got all my money back but I caught the use very early. But some of my money was tied up for about two weeks while they did the claim. I took steps to make sure using my card online was safe, I bought very good security software. And do feel safe using my card at some stores but if I shop at garden ridge I will not use my card. Cause right after I used my card there is when all the charges come up. Some places its best to go and get cash to pay, would I still shop at Michael's with my card yes. I have shopped for years with my card and never had anything happen there. So anyone in this area listed might want to check into there accounts. Here is the email from Michael's I got.
Dear Michaels Customer:
Michaels has just learned that it may have been a victim of PIN pad tampering in the Chicago area and that customer credit and debit card information may have been compromised.
In the event that this is a more widespread issue, we are taking the precautionary measure of alerting all of our customers so that they may protect themselves. We recommend immediately contacting your bank and/or credit card company to check for and report any unauthorized charges, as well as seek their advice on how to protect your account in the event that your information has been taken. Additional information is available on the Federal Trade Commission website at
We sincerely regret any inconvenience this may have caused you, and we want you to know that we are working with law enforcement authorities in every way we can to help in the investigation. As always, we thank you for being a Michaels customer.
John B. Menzer
CEO, Michaels Stores